JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball’s 2017 Ten Best Dressed, Hall Of Fame Honoree And A Change Of Fashion Show/Luncheon Location Revealed

This morning the Crystal Charity Ball’s 2017 Ten Best Dressed were announced at Neiman Marcus Downtown. Fashionable drum roll, please.

This year’s collection of clothes-loving and community-supporting ladies include: Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Lisa Cooley, Tucker Enthoven, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Amy Hegi and Piper Wyatt.

Amy Hegi, Piper Wyatt, Julie Hawes, Pat Harloe, Janie Condon, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Tucker Enthoven, Katherine Coker, Delilah Boyd, Anita Arnold and Lisa Cooley

Also making the runway on Friday, September 15, for the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, will be Hall of Fame Honoree Charlotte Jones Anderson, daughter of 2012 Hall of Fame Honoree Gene Jones. It was the first time in the TBD history that a mother and daughter were in the TBD Hall of Fame.

Charlotte Jones Anderson and Gene Jones

And speaking of the catwalk, it won’t be in a tent. Nope! After three years of camping out in the adjacent parking lot, the Neiman Marcus crew is bringing it back inside the NM Downtown mother ship complete with designer Zac Posen and his collection.

CCB Chair Pam Perella and Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Christi Urschel reported that tickets to the fundraiser will go on sale later this month. Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted on when they’ll be available.

But you’d better be swift turning those checks in, because this one usually sells out within minutes. And remember — the bigger the check, the bigger the perks. The Platinum Circle donors will be treated to a seated dinner sponsored by Comerica Bank on Tuesday, September 5, and Platinum Patrons will be invited to a cocktail buffet sponsored by J.P. Morgan the night before the fashion show and luncheon.

This year’s plan calls for $5.8M to be raised and provided for seven beneficiaries — Autism Treatment Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance, Hunger Busters, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, Rainbow Days and Santa Clare of Assisi Catholic Academy.

Sneak Peak: 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Plus Hall Of Fame Honoree To Be Announced

Later this morning the announcement of the Crystal Charity Ball’s 10 best dressed will be made. Why wait? Here’s the rollout of the 2016 class of BD-ers: Anita Arnold, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Tucker Enthoven, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes and Piper Wyatt.

Anita Arnold (File photo)

Anita Arnold (File photo)

Katherine Coke (File photo)

Katherine Coker (File photo)

Janie Condon (File photo)

Janie Condon (File photo)

Tucker Enthoven (File photo)

Tucker Enthoven (File photo)

Heather Esping (File photo)

Heather Esping (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Margaret Hancock (File photo)

Margaret Hancock (File photo)

Pat Harloe (FIle photo)

Pat Harloe (FIle photo)

Julie Hawes (File photo)

Julie Hawes (File photo)

Piper Wyatt (File photo)

Piper Wyatt (File photo)

The 2016 Hall of Fame Honoree will be Betsy Sowell.

Betsy Sowell (File photo)

Betsy Sowell (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Pam Perella (File photo)

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

The ladies will be presented in the Brigadoon-like tent adjacent to Neiman Marcus Downtown on Friday, September 16. Tickets won’t be available until mid-April, but, according to Luncheon Chair Pam Perella, sponsorships are already in high gear. And why not? After all, the featured designer will be petite Carolina Hererra, with the lady in attendance. And then there are the added perks including such things as a seated dinner sponsored by Comerica Bank for the Platinum Circle donors, plus a Fashion Show Platinum Patrons cocktail buffet sponsored by J.P. Morgan on the eve of the show.

Valentino Team Will Headline Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show With Annette Simmons As Honorary Chair

Aileen Pratt

Leave it to the Crystal Charity Ball gals to pull in the big-gun names for their Ten Best Dressed Luncheon. Luncheon Chair Aileen Pratt must have had some pretty impressive private numbers to get such a lineup.

First of all, think Valentino. No, Rudolph, silly. You still must be coming off of a late night of watching the Academy Award. Think elegance beyond the imagination with fabrics, colors and designs that are simply breathtaking. Just to look at the collections bearing the Valentino name is memorable. While the grandmaster Valentino Garavani has retired probably to work on his tan, his uber talented replacements Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli will be on hand for the luncheon and the show.

Next Aileen and CCB Chair Connie O’Neill managed to get Annette Simmons to serve as Honorary Chair. Besides the fact that Annette rarely takes on such roles, it is only the third time in the luncheon’s history that there has been an honorary chair.

“We are thrilled to have this incredibly talented duo joining us for this year’s fashion show and luncheon,” said Connie. “Their attendance and Annette’s legacy will make the day a memorable one for the honorees as well as the guests.”

Now, of course, you’re trying to get the time line in place for the Ten Best Dressed activities, so here you go:

  • Sunday, May 1 — Tickets for the luncheon and fashion show go on sale.
  • Tuesday, May 3 — 2011 Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas are announced at Neiman Marcus Downtown.
  • Thursday, September 3 8 — 2011 Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon at NM Downtown.

NM Downtown VP/GM Shelle Sills said, “This will be a very special year for everyone involved, with Annette  serving  as honorary chairman and having Valentino creative directors join us.”

Just in case you hear someone question the importance of fashion, luncheons and such things, you just might want to remind them that since its start, CCB has raised more than $100 million for children’s charities in Dallas. The 2011 Crystal Charity Ball will benefit eight beneficiaries with a collective need of $4,265,030: Communities in Schools, Contact Crisis Line, Dallas Mission for Life, Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, Methodist Health System Foundation, Nexus Recovery Center, Trinity River Mission and Vickery Meadow Learning Center.

Oh, and you might want to jot down Saturday, December 3, for the Crystal Charity Ball at the Hilton Anatole. Betcha there’ll be a heck of a lot of Valentino’s at the gala.

Crystal Charity Ball's Alison Farrow's Day was a Best and a Bust

Poor Alison Farrow (pictured). You’d think the lass had her hands full last Wednesday at Neiman’s just announcing the Ten Best Dressed for the annual Crystal Charity Ball luncheon (Sept. 10). As she was about to welcome the fashionable gathering, she told them that she was just a tad bit rattled. Seems that a block away from NM, the back window of her car blew out. Reason? One of the women who didn’t make the cut? No, just kidding.

If you haven’t read who the best dressed are this year, they are Nancy Carter, Robyn Conlon, Claire Emanuelson, Kim Miller, Pat McEvoy, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Rogers, Amy Turner, Lee Ann White and Ellen Winspear. Marilyn Augur will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.